Occupational Therapist

Ruth Steel


Area of interest and relevant experience

I have over 20 years of experience within hospitals and the community assessing, treating, and rehabilitating adults with permanent and temporary disabilities. My knowledge of assistive equipment and housing adaptations is extensive, and I also have a strong professional interest in falls prevention and also working with clients living with dementia and other age-related conditions. Most recently I have been working with people rehabilitating following a stroke, and younger adults recovering from traumatic injuries.


MSc Interprofessional Health & Social Care, 2006.

Post-graduate Certificate in Clinical Education, 2004.

BSc (Hons) Degree in Occupational Therapy (2:1), 1999.

How long have You worked with Kent occupational therapy?

Since 2020.

what do you like about being an OT?

What I enjoy most about being an OT is that your skillset can be used to support the recovery of a wide range of people with a variety of health conditions in all aspects of their lives. For example, in the past year, I have worked to support a young man who was injured in a motorbike accident to regain an interest in leaving the house, gain the physical stamina and confidence to undertake training to return to his profession on a different career path, and revisit his family roles as a father, husband and wage earner, which he felt that he had lost.

Outside of work

I enjoy walking and running and recently undertook the virtual London Marathon for charity. I am a keen gardener and cook, but my favourite days are spent at our family’s beach hut, especially if the tide is in so I can swim in the sea!

our team

Accreditations & Qualifications

All Our
Occupational Therapists

Are specialists in their field
Are professional members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT)
Have degrees in Occupational Therapy
Are registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council)
Are up to date with statutory training and maintain high continued professional development and clinical supervision standards.
Are all DBS checked
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